Sunday: 4th August, 2019
Reference text: Luke 12:13-21
Luke 12:20 But God told him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you. Now who will get the things you’ve accumulated?’
God’s description of the man in today’s Gospel is a clear contrast to what his actions actually indicated. Simply, his decisions were anything but foolish because although he was already rich, he was not resting on his laurels but making efforts to expand his wealth. That isn’t something an unwise person does and yet, God referred to him as ‘a fool’.
Why? Because he was a F-O-O-L. He was:
1. ‘Focused’ only on superficial things.
His attention was turned to things that appeared important, but only had a face value. To him, storing grains would shore up his wealth with no mention of service to others, relationships or love. He seemed oblivious of the fact that there were things other than money.
2. ‘Over-confident’ in the fact that what he had stored up would last many years (vs 19a).
It is very easy to think you have it all figured out, that you know what to do, when you want to do it and that what you have is enough. The truth is there will always be something more
3. ‘Over-generalised the outcome’ – my soul take it easy, rest, drink and be happy (vs 19b).
In the moment, he seemed to have forgotten that things could change in a split second and in an instant, he could be thrown off the path he expected to follow. Regardless of what you know and expect, change can be unpredictable so don’t stand with your arms crossed, but leave room and prepare for change.
4. ‘Looked to no one’
He turned neither to man nor to God for counsel. When he thought of what he wanted to do, he became his own counsellor: ‘I know what to do'(vs 18). My dear, wise people know that they cannot go it alone and they need others on their journey.
So, he may not have been a fool according to the definition of a dictionary, but in another light, He was a FOOL. On the basis of the above therefore, would we fall into the definition presented? Are we becoming ‘F-O-O-L’s?